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game recap

Minnesota Wild 1, Colorado Avalanche 3 FINAL

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:24 AM

Associated Press

DENVER (AP) -- Milan Hejduk scored the game-winning goal, then made it clear that it paled in comparison to another big event this weekend.

Hejduk's wife, Zlatuse, gave birth Saturday night to their first children, twin boys Marek and David.

"It seems like the game was not that important, I'm sorry to say," Hejduk said after the Colorado Avalanche beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Sunday night for their third straight victory.

"The birth of those two kids was an amazing thing for me."

Asked if he would cut the puck in half, Hejduk laughed.

"I don't know what we'll do with the puck," he said, "but we'll keep it for both of them."

Game-winning goals, after all, have become commonplace for Hejduk, who has 36 in his career out of 181 total goals. That percentage of 19.9 is the highest among all active players.

"I know he didn't get a whole lot of sleep," Avalanche coach Tony Granato said, "but he showed up and played a very solid game for us. With his hands around the net, he's as good as they get."

Teemu Selanne and Hejduk scored power-play goals in the second period, and Peter Forsberg added an empty-net goal in the final minute, helping rookie Phil Sauve earn his fourth career win.

Sauve made 25 saves, and Minnesota's Manny Fernandez had 26.

Jason Wiemer scored for the Wild.

Colorado moved within four points of Northwest Division-leading Vancouver, which was idle.

The loss ended Minnesota's unbeaten road streak at seven games, a franchise record. The Wild are 0-2-4-0 in their last six games overall.

"We played a great game tonight," Sauve said. "We didn't give them a lot of scoring chances."

Granato said his team "played very solid. We played a smart, patient game. Sauve made big saves when he had to. Adam Foote was in front of the net on the first two goals, and his presence there was outstanding."

Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire praised Colorado's first two lines, which include Selanne, Hejduk and Forsberg.

"Those top two lines of theirs -- they have players on them that everybody wants," Lemaire said. "They were on top of their game, moving the puck well.

"We had one bad period, the second. We gave them too many good chances."

Colorado was without captain Joe Sakic, who was diagnosed with a broken jaw and had minor surgery Saturday. Sakic was injured Wednesday and played Friday with a full visor and football-type face mask. He anticipated playing Tuesday night against Columbus.

Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Wiemer's goal at 9:56. Pascal Dupuis dug the puck out of the right corner and send a centering pass to Wiemer, who was stationed just in front of the crease.

Selanne and Hejduk put the Avalanche up 2-1 in the second period.

Selanne scored his 11th goal at 4:51, taking the puck from behind the net, skating just right of the goal and putting a backhander past Fernandez.

At 9:37, Hejduk took a pass from Forsberg and scored his 19th goal from a difficult angle right of the net.

The Wild got several scoring chances late in the third period, but Sauve was solid. He stopped Alexandre Daigle on a breakaway and Sergei Zholtok on a shot from the slot.

Minnesota pulled Fernandez with a minute left, but Forsberg stole the puck near center ice and hit the empty net at 19:15.

scoring summary
1st Period
09:56
MIN
Jason Wiemer (6) Tip-in - ASST: Pascal Dupuis (6), Richard Park (8)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
04:51
COL
PPG - Teemu Selanne (11) Backhand shot - ASST: Steve Konowalchuk (7), Adam Foote (10)
1 - 1 Tie
09:37
COL
PPG - Milan Hejduk (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Peter Forsberg (19), Alex Tanguay (31)
2 - 1 COL
3rd Period
19:15
COL
EN - Peter Forsberg (6) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
03:23
MIN
Pascal Dupuis  Tripping against  John-Michael Liles
03:41
COL
Derek Morris  Tripping against  Antti Laaksonen
07:42
COL
Karlis Skrastins  Holding the stick against  Alexandre Daigle
14:49
COL
Steve Moore  Diving against  Willie Mitchell
14:49
MIN
Willie Mitchell  Interference against  Steve Moore
2nd Period
02:50
COL
Rob Blake  Holding the stick against  Richard Park
03:30
MIN
Filip Kuba  Hooking against  Peter Forsberg
08:49
MIN
Alex Henry  Roughing against  Peter Worrell
16:36
MIN
Antti Laaksonen  Tripping against  Dan Hinote
3rd Period
19:49
COL
Peter Worrell  Roughing against  Jason Wiemer
19:49
MIN
Jason Wiemer  Roughing against  Peter Worrell
goalie stats
Emmanuel Fernandez
SA: 28TOI: 59:37
Saves: 26EV: 22 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .929SH: 2 - 2
Philippe Sauve
Philippe Sauve
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 25EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .962SH: 1 - 1
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